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India's R'Day celebrated in Brussels

Expatriates in Belgium gathered at the Indian embassy to celebrate R'Day.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 11:33 IST

Indian expatriates in Belgium braved freezing temperatures to gather at the Indian embassy here to celebrate Republic Day Thursday.

Those gathered attended the flag hoisting ceremony led by Indian Ambassador to Brussels Dipak Chatterjee, who later read out a speech by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, titled "One Billion People - One Vision".

The speech highlighted the importance of India's youth as well as developments in several areas ranging from national missions, health and science initiatives to morality lessons, according to INEP agency.

Kalam said in his speech: "We must launch and build up an intensive and extensive movement of cherishing our value systems in all walks of life.

"This is particularly important since the nation has to provide leadership to 450 million ignited minds of the youth who are the most powerful resource of translating our vision of transforming India into a developed nation, well before 2020, in an integrated way."

The ceremony concluded with a round of Indian delicacies and refreshments.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 11:33 IST